This year’s total coast-wide limit increases more than 5% over last year’s, to 41.22 million pounds.
The action caps — at least for now — a six-year debate about curbing halibut bycatch in Alaska.
The charter fleet in the central Gulf of Alaska could see some regulation shifts in 2019, while additional restrictions for Southeast-based charters are unlikely.
The 2018 halibut season will open March 24 and close Nov. 7. Quotas from 2017 remain in place, but that that’s likely to change.
The Pacific halibut fishery may see a drop in stock over the next few years and the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which regulates the fishery, uses surveys in Kodiak waters to collect data.
Scientists monitoring halibut say there could be a decline in the bottom fish along the coast of the U.S. and Canada in upcoming years if the current level of fishing continues.
Commercial longliners in Alaska can go fishing March 11 after all. The National Marine Fisheries Service announced March 3 that the start date for halibut and black cod fishing will be March 11. March 11 is the halibut fishing start date approved by the International Pacific Halibut Commission back in January. The National Marine Fisheries Service typically…
Commissioners approved a coastwide catch of 29,890,000 pounds for 2016. That’s an increase of 2.2 percent from last year’s limits.
A driving force behind the school’s declining enrollment is something the school can’t do much about: people leaving the island in search of a healthier economy.
Commercial and sport fishing fleets in some parts of Alaska will be allowed to harvest more fish, under recommendations presented to the International Pacific Halibut Commission.